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Monday, August 5, 2013

Deadly Boating While Intoxicated

English: The Tappan Zee Bridge as seen in Tarr...
It is no secret that alcohol impairs one’s judgement making it harder for people to make sound decisions. People often forget, or choose to ignore the fact that when they drink their ability to operate motor vehicles like cars, boats, and heavy machinery is compromised. Just recently lives were lost on the Hudson River when a boat operated by an impaired captain hit a barge at a high speed. Almost 20 percent of deadly boat crashes involved alcohol, according to The Journal News.

Earlier this year the U.S. Coast Guard announced that of the 109 of the 651 people, 17 percent, who died in boat crashes nationwide last year, alcohol was a major factor. Just like cars, the legal B.A.C. limit for operating boats is 0.08 percent.

“As a result of these factors, a boat operator with a blood alcohol concentration above .10 percent is estimated to be more than 10 times as likely to die in a boating accident than an operator with zero blood alcohol concentration. Passengers are also at greatly increased risk for injury and death—especially if they are also using alcohol,” the Coast Guard states.

Six people were on a 21-foot Stingray powerboat in the Hudson River on their way to Tarrytown, N.Y. They struck three connected barges in the water by the Tappan Zee Bridge in Piermont, N.Y. Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, N.Y., the intoxicated operator of the boat, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

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